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Our History

An industry leader in school furniture innovation, Smith System® is committed to developing products that support optimum learning environments — addressing the needs of the student, the demands of the curriculum and the realities of space, maintenance and budget.

  • 1905

    Founded in 1905, Smith System® has helped American education evolve by being ready with the right furniture at the right time. 

  • The company began its journey providing educational environments with heating systems, then drinking fountains and later sanitary products. 

  • 1950s

    The 1950s brought on more change when Smith System® began creating student desks and booktrucks, and it continued with producing library shelving. 

  • 1970s

    Smith System® began making computer furniture in the 1970s. 

  • 1990s

    Smith System® began providing solutions to team learning curriculums in the late 1990s by producing a family of cooperative learning furniture.

  • 2018

    Smith System® was acquired by Steelcase Learning.

  • Today

    Smith System® produces seating, desks and tables, computer desks, booktrucks and shelving that create a welcoming and stimulating environment for students. 

Smith System® newest furniture line, Flowform®, offers high schools and colleges a complete, integrated system for outfitting the entire school without compromising design or functionality. Flowform® is the first visually cohesive product line encompassing products for classrooms and common areas.

The company is taking the lead to develop products that satisfy school district’s immediate and anticipated needs, and it is the first school manufacturer to see and understand the evolution of team learning in education.